BSFS To Host Diversity In Genre Roundtable

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) will host “Diversity In Genre,” a free, public roundtable on August 23. Authors P. Djeli Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Jason Harris, and Sherin Nicole will participate in a discussion led by Day Al-Mohamed and Sarah Pinsker.

“Diversity in Genre” will be an open dialogue which will go in-depth on race, gender, disability, sexuality, nationality, and class in science fiction and fantasy fiction. In a year where Thor is a woman, Captain America is black, and an all-women Kickstarter anthology called Women Destroy Science Fiction raised over one thousand percent of its goal, what is left to do? Who are the new voices people should be reading?

The discussion begins at 8 p.m. in the BSFS clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. RSVP the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655671097992218.

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DIVERSITY IN GENRE ROUNDTABLE AT BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

Baltimore City, Maryland – July 29, 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS), located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will host a free, public roundtable on “Diversity in Genre.” Authors P. Djeli Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Jason Harris, and Sherin Nicole will participate in the discussion lead by Day Al-Mohamed and Sarah Pinsker.

In the tradition of previous BSFS roundtables, such as the “State of Short Fiction” roundtable this past March, “Diversity in Genre” will be an open dialogue which will go in-depth on race, gender, disability, sexuality, nationality, and class in science fiction and fantasy fiction. In a year where Thor is a woman, Captain America is black, and an all-women Kickstarter anthology called Women Destroy Science Fiction raised over one thousand percent of its goal, what is left to do? Who are the new voices people should be reading? This will be a great panel for readers and writers alike.

Please RSVP and share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655671097992218

Attendees are also welcome to participate in the BSFS book club before the roundtable at 6:30PM, where we will discuss the Nebula and Locus Award winning new classic, “Ancillary Justice,” by Ann Leckie.

P. Djeli Clark resides in Washington DC. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and in the anthologies Griots, Griots: Sisters of the Spear and Steamfunk. He also blogs at the Disgruntled Haradrim.

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer living in Pennsylvania. Her stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and other publications.

Jason Harris is a Baltimore based writer, editor and publisher. Newfuturism.com, LLC is Jason’s vehicle for media based projects, the first of which is “Redlines: Baltimore 2028.” Jason is currently working on a novel entitled “Fly, Girl”.

Sherin Nicole is Art Director at Prime Books, an author at Entangled Publishing, Creative Director / Marketing at idobi Network, and author at Harlequin / Carina Press.

Day Al-Mohamed is co-author of “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn,” written with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Her recent publications are available in “Daily Science Fiction,” and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are Not Alone.”

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner and 2013 Nebula Award finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Fantasy & Science Fiction as well as several anthologies.

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. BSFS holds many regular events such as book clubs, critique circles, film nights, and also produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For more information, please visit www.bsfs.org, or www.facebook.com/groups/BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi.